The Thing – Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult NYC

The Thing

This year has been an incredibly fun year, filled with trying new things. At the end of last year, my goal was to get my work into some gallery shows. I was lucky enough to have work in both Bottleneck and Gallery 1988, and it has been quite a learning experience for me. I was lucky enough to be asked to be in the final (and biggest) group show of the year for Gallery 1988, and it was my chance to do a piece that I have had in my head for so long, for my favorite movie of all time, John Carpenter’s The Thing.

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I wanted this piece to reflect some of the biggest influences in my work, horror comics. The subject matter for The Thing fit that perfectly. Tales from the Crypt and other EC Comics were that biggest influence in this piece, but I also took queues from silver age Marvel and DC comics as well.  A lot of the drawings are readily available in books and online, however it was a bit more difficult finding out how they were colored back then. I began hunting high and low, and found out just how complicated the coloring process was for older comics. The process is a lot like screen printing. I located a 1970’s DC Comics color guide, and used that as my starting point, and ran from there. The piece is an homage to the opening page in a horror comic, that sets up the entire story (before telling the whole story again, but with more information). Once again, Danny Askar was the right person to help me achieve the old comic book look that I was going for, with CMYK screen printing.

Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult show is in New York again this year. The opening is December 13th and the show will run through December 21st. Pieces will be available online December 14th. More info on the show can be found on their website.

*sidenote: there are a small number of Night of the Demon’s AP’s in my store!

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